Inexpensive Commanders: DE, Iver Johnson, Taurus, Kimber
We tested a Desert Eagle and three other Commanders in the low-to-medium-price range, and found we would buy three of them. But one needed more tuning than first-time buyers may wish to attempt.
Among the most popular handguns of the previous 70 years is the Commander-type 1911 45 ACP. The Commander is a shortened version of the original 1911 and was introduced to compete for a military contract way back in the day. Like the modern Glock 19X and Beretta APX, the Colt Commander was not adopted by the U.S. Army, but it proved to be a commercial success, nonetheless. The Commander was a Government Model modified with a shorter slide and barrel and shorter dust cover on the frame. A rowel-type hammer and short grip safety completed the modifications. The original Commander retained the Government Model’s barrel bushing, but the bushing was shortened. Today, there are numerous variations of these features, but the length of the slide and frame are used to identify the pistol as a Commander Model.